Rafns, Upper Hillside, Gulberwick, ZE2 9JX

Offers Over £298,000
Key Details

Reception Rooms:





1 + WC

Energy Efficiency:

D (68)

Council Tax:

Band F


Offers Over £298,000




Early entry available, by arrangement.

Home Report:

Available for this property


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• 2 reception rooms • principal bedroom with dressing room off • 3 further double bedrooms • kitchen • bathroom • toilet • utility area

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Exceptionally spacious, two reception room / four bedroom single storey detached property set in a large established site in a popular semi-rural location just 3 miles from the centre of Lerwick.

The elevated position means the house enjoys spectacular views eastwards over the Bay of Gulberwick to the sea and the island of Bressay beyond.

In addition to a 25' main sittingroom and separate family / dining room, again 25' long, and the four double bedrooms including a principal bedroom with dressing room off, the accommodation also includes a stunning fitted kitchen, large family bathroom with spa-bath, separate shower & sauna, a further separate toilet & utility area.

Part of the substantial garage / workshop has been partitioned off to provide a multi-purpose space, ideal as a music room / gym etc., whilst the large site provides plenty of outside space with ample parking and a substantial lawn to the rear of the house with greenhouse, several decked areas facing east, west and south providing great places to sit and enjoy the fantastic views, whilst following the sun.

General Information

'Rafns' is situated in a small cul-de-sac of just five similar detached house on the upper side of Gulberwick three miles from the centre of Lerwick, the elevated position affording spectacular views eastwards over the Bay of Gulber Wick and the Ness of Trebister and beyond across to Bressay and out to sea. The area has proved a popular location particularly with families as it provides a more rural situation yet still within easy reach of all the amenities Lerwick, just a short five minute drive away, has to offer.

School transport is provided for primary & secondary pupils to Lerwick at either Sound primary school or the Anderson High School and a local hall is used for a variety of functions.


A covered porch area provides the main entry to the house, the front door with full-height side light opening to the entrance area of the hall with doors either side to a handy built-in cloak cupboard to the left, a toilet with white WC and wash hand basin to the right, the whole space having solid oak flooring which extends throughout the rest of the hall and into the two reception rooms and the kitchen. Off the entrance area to the right are doors to the sittingroom, kitchen, family / dining room, a utility room with space for a washing machine, freezer etc. (both appliances included) plus shelving for storage, and finally a built-in airing cupboard housing the 'Megaflo' hot water tank system (installed in 2020). To the left a further passage leads to the bedroom accommodation.

The main sittingroom which is accessed via glazed double doors from the hall, is a great, very spacious room with a large picture window and patio doors to a deck taking full advantage of the stunning views, additional light being provided by a further large window facing south. Painted 'v'-lining to one wall and a contemporary style solid-fuel stove set on a Caithness slate hearth are attractive features, the stove providing a cosy additional heat source although there is also a storage / convector heater.

A door from the sittingroom opens to the stunning kitchen attractively fitted with pale blue units set off by striking red 'quartz' worktops and black tiled splash backs, the units providing extensive cupboard & worktop space and including a 'Belfast' sink, concealed integrated larder fridge & wine cooler. The 'Rangemaster' dual-fuel cooker and matching cooker hood are included in the sale along with the dishwasher, all in a black finish. An archway at the other end of the room opens to the family / dining room, another very generously proportioned reception room again with lots of light thanks to two sets of patio doors to the dining area facing south & west and a further west-facing window to the family living area. Feature light fitting to the dining area included in the sale. From here glazed double doors lead back to the hall.

The remaining accommodation is quietly situated off a second hallway to the north side of the house, this leading to four carpeted double bedrooms, bedroom 4 facing west, the other three rooms facing east and benefitting from the view, all the rooms having built-in double wardrobes except the principal bedroom 3 which has a large dressing area with fitted shelving & hanging space which leads to the bathroom.

The stylish bathroom was re-fitted in 2018 and now comprises a whirlpool double ended bath with centre tap, a wash hand basin bowl set on a fitted cupboard unit with free-standing mixer tap and mirror doored bathroom cabinet over, a WC plus a large wet-wall lined walk-in shower with 'monsoon' shower head and separate hand held fitting. The sauna is included in the sale and there are two heated towel rails. The bathroom can be accessed either from the principal bedroom providing en-suite facilities, or the hall. It was originally two bathrooms and could therefore easily be split up again if an additional bathroom was required.

Windows in the property are uPVC double glazed units. Heating is by electric storage / panel heaters supplemented by the stove in the sittingroom. A ceiling hatch in the hall with pull-down ladder provides easy access to plenty of storage space in the partially floored loft. The entire area underneath the property is also accessible via an external hatch, the space also providing access for pipes / wiring etc.

The sale will include all fixed floor coverings, curtains & blinds, and light fittings. The furniture is available by separate negotiation.

Room Sizes


'L'-shaped space approx. 7.75m x 5.9m at widest point (25'6" x 19'3")

Family / Dining Room

Approx. 7.8m x 3.75m at widest point (25'6" x 12'4")


Approx. 5.3m x 3.5m at widest point (17'6" x 11'6")

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.5m x 2.75m (11'6" x 9'1")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 3.55m x 3.5m (11'9" x 11'6")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.7m x 3.5m (15'6" x 11'6")

Dressing Area

Approx. 2.9m x 1.75m (9'7" x 5'9")


Approx. 5m x 2.35m extending to 3m at widest point (16'6" x 7'9" / 9'10")

Bedroom 4

Approx. 4.25m x 3m (13'10" x 9'9")


Approx. 1.5m x 1.05m at widest points (4'10" x 3'6")

Utility Area

Approx. 1.55m x 1.5m at widest points (5'2" x 4'10")


The property is set in a large site with ample parking in front of the house with an established flower bed to one side providing privacy. To the south side of the house a gate to a high fence leads to a sheltered and private decked space outside the patio doors from the family / dining room, a perfect place for a barbeque as it faces south and west and also enjoys a view to the sea. On the other side of the house there is further gated access to the substantial lawn to the rear of the house, the lawn being surrounded by established shrubs and planting. Here there is a solardome greenhouse and a further decked area outside the patio doors from the sittingroom.

The attached garage / workshop measures approximately 6.1m x 5.9m (20' x 19'4") overall although part of it has been partitioned off to provide a 3.95m x 2.35m multi-purpose space, ideal for use as a music room or gym, or general storage. The garage space has an 'up & over' garage door (installed 2017), separate side door and two windows.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band F. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (68)

Property Location

To reach the property take the Upper Hillside junction from the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road. Take the second turning left and follow the road around to the right to the end of the cul-de-sac. 'Rafns' is the last house on the left.

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